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Friday 28th October 2016 - Lindsay Stodden - Radio Astronomy

8pm this Friday 28th October 2016 we have our Radio Astronomy Group leader Lindsay Stodden talking to us about:

An overview of Radio Astronomy, tracing its early days of discovery, through to modern day techniques. There will also be a brief discussion of the new RAG activities, and an opportunity for some Q&A. Come along and share in this exciting new area of activity for the MBO.


If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 21st October 2016 - Jacquie Milner - A Beginner’s Guide to Meteor Showers

8pm this Friday 21st October 2016 we have our own Jacquie Milner talking to us about "A Beginner’s Guide to Meteor Showers".

Social media has given some of the more well-known annual meteor showers a boost in recent years, yet few people seem to know what to expect from them, including where to look! Come along and find out where meteor showers come from, how they usually perform and what the jargon associated with this often neglected branch of astronomy means so you’ll be better prepared for the experience. While not every shower will rain down in a spectacular Hollywood-like fashion there are still some interesting stories to be told, but in the end you never quite know what you’re going to get.


If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 14th October 2016 - Two Astronomy Video Lectures

At 8pm this Friday we will be having two different science videos for your enjoyment and education:


Universe, Ep 2 - Stars.  We are witness to one of the most beautiful and dramatic events of the universe, the birth of a star.


A brief supper, followed by two parallel streams of either:


Alex Filippenko: Understanding the Universe, Ep 67 - Our Home - The Milky Way Galaxy.  Starting a series of lectures on galaxies, you begin with our home galaxy, the Milky Way.  The band of light by that name is simply the galaxy seen edge-on from our place within it.  You also explore the nebulae in our galaxy, many of which are regions of stellar birth.

Supper, discussions in cabin, observing.   Or:


Visual observing through the telescopes (weather permitting).


If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along.

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.

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Friday 7th October 2016 - Sky For The Month with Perry Vlahos

8pm Friday 7th October we have our own Perry Vlahos to give us a preview of the month at night:

This Friday night, to quote a well known cricketing commentator, "it's all happening!" Venus is getting higher and brighter in the west than it's been all year. Mars appears to be have adopted a sibling, and looking like a 'new' naked eye double star. Furthermore, it's position makes it easy to pick out a couple of Messier globular clusters right next to it. And where's the moon? Well, it seems to be neither in Scorpius, nor Sagittarius, in a constellation that never gets a mention in horoscopes fashioned by astrologers - yet tonight, we prove that the 13th sign really exists! All this plus information on an excellent and reliable meteor shower, will be explained by Perry Vlahos in an informative and entertaining presentation.

There will also be an informal Radio Astronomy Group get-together after the talk to show the Radio Jove kits and chat about getting them working with people who are interested.


If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, or alternatively, would like to show it off to us, please bring it along!

Members' Night is on every Friday night commencing at 8PM (doors open 7:30PM). Guests of members are always welcome.


Please consider the neighbours and drive in and out quietly using low beam only, or better still, parking lights.


Please note: MBO will always be closed on days of Severe, Extreme and Code Red fire ratings, please see the CFA website for up-to-date information.

For weather information please see our useful links.